The Father's House A Study in Romans 8

Romans 8:1 - Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
You live in a new house now. There is a new way of living in this house. You live by the law of the Spirit. (Romans 8:2)

You once lived in an old house, dominated by your sinful nature, full of condemnation.

You paced the hallways, trying to fix up the house, trying to follow the rules (the law). But you remained in the rut of your sins.

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. He made a way for you to be joined to Jesus (in his death and resurrection) and come to your Father's house.

Your Father's house is full of freedom. The Spirit of life lives there. Jesus lives there (you are joined to him). And of course, the Father lives there.

But there are times you are drawn to the window of your new house, remembering your old life, feeling attracted by the sinful patterns.

Come away from the window (Romans 8:5). Hear the Spirit's voice. He is leading you to the Father. You live in a new house now. Be done with the ways of your old house.

Romans 8:5 NIV - Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
What is your Father's house like?
A place of hearing and following the Spirit (Romans 8:9-11)
A place of establishing new patterns of life (Romans 8:13)
A place of learning how to live as sons and daughters, not slaves to sin (Romans 8:15)
A place of intercession (Romans 8:26, 34)
A place where the Father's good plan is realized (Romans 8:28)
A place of trust in your Father (Romans 8:32)
A place of enduring, unconditional love (Romans 8:37-39)
Now why would you want to go back to the old house?
Romans 8:15 - For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father."
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